Black Ghost Knifefish - Apteronotus albifrons

Black Ghost Knifefish - Apteronotus albifrons - AllPondSolutions

Black Ghost Knifefish - Apteronotus albifrons

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Scientific Name: Apteronotus albifrons

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Approximate purchase size : 4 - 6cm
All Pond Solutions will always endeavour to supply as close to the approximate size range as possible. Due to variations from suppliers on rare occasions, this may not always be possible. Images used are to show the full potential of the fish when fully mature and are not always representative of juvenile specimens.

How easy are they to care for?
These are a moderate level of care - Highly efficient filtration is required.

How large can they grow?
Up to 49cm

Where in the world are they from?
Largely distributed amongst the Colombia, Suriname, Guyana, Peru and Brazillian river systems.

What is the ideal number to keep together?

A territorial species who do not tolerate others of their own kind very well, unless in a very large tank. They should not be kept with any other small fish that are small enough to fit in their mouths. 

What water conditions do they require?
A pH range of 6.0 - 7.4 and a temperature of 24-28 degrees Celsius.

What should you feed them?
A carnivorous species, will happily feed on a range of sinking foods but should be supplemented with frozen foods and fresh meats such as earthworms, daphnia, artemia and blood worms.

How compatible are they with other fish?
Care should be taken with larger species, reports of them living with tetras but care is advised.

Can they be bred in captivity?
Largely unheard of in the private aquarium.